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Report: FBI Keeps Names on Terrorist Watch List Despite Exoneration

September 28, 2011
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Newly released documents show the FBI is permitted to keep people on its "terrorism watch list" even if they have been cleared of terrorism-related crimes. The New York Times reports cleared individuals can remain on the list if the FBI harbors a "reasonable suspicion" they could be linked to terrorism. Civil rights advocates argue the finding undermines the legally protected assumption an individual is innocent until proven guilty. The Bureau’s database includes roughly 420,000 names, including approximately 8,000 Americans.


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